Will the states also end up with a bonk-ban?

THE first Coalition MP in NSW to break ranks with Gladys Berejiklian over Malcolm Turnbull's so-called "bonk ban" has called for the Premier follow the PM's lead and stop these "unethical and unacceptable" relationships.

Former fair trading minister Matthew Mason-Cox told The Daily Telegraph yesterday Ms Berejiklian "must immediately back the Prime Minister's ban here in NSW".

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Picture: Peter Rae
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian. Picture: Peter Rae

Mr Mason-Cox is the head of the NSW Legislative Council Privileges Committee, which has the power to pursue upper house members over breaches of ethical standards. And he said the committee would review NSW Parliament's code of conduct this year.

Former fair trading minister Matthew Mason-Cox.
Former fair trading minister Matthew Mason-Cox.

Mr Turnbull last week announced he would introduce new rules forbidding ministers from engaging in "sexual relations" with their staff after the scandal over Barnaby Joyce's relationship with a media adviser rocked the government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy who backs his move to change standards of conduct for senior ministers. Picture: Channel 9
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife Lucy who backs his move to change standards of conduct for senior ministers. Picture: Channel 9

Mr Mason-Cox will today demand Ms Berejiklian add a similar clause to the NSW Ministerial Code of Conduct despite the Premier suggesting she had little appetite for change. "It's unethical and unacceptable for anyone let alone a Minister of the Crown to exploit their position for sexual gratification," he said.

"Members of Parliament owe a duty of care to their staff and the fact that this has to be spelt out by the Prime Minister shows how far standards have been allowed to slip."

Treasurer Scott Morrison yesterday backed Mr Turnbull's move to change the standards­.

"I'm sorry - if you sleep with your staff, it's not private any more, it's public, because you're a minister in a position of responsibility and power, over those who work for you and we owe it to them to live up to this standard," he said.



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